A BEACHSIDE park in Surfers Paradise has been named Netanya Place in recognition of the ties between the Gold Coast and the Israeli seaside resort.
The Israeli embassy described the newly-installed sign as “a physical representation of the sister city relationship between the coastal capitals that “will help inform locals and tourists of the important civic relationship between the two cities”.
Earlier this year, Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate wrote to his Netanya counterpart Miriam Fierberg-Ikar.
“As coastal cities, we have much in common including our relaxed lifestyle and reputation as a tourist destination. Although I am yet to visit Netanya and meet you in person, I feel from our letters and video call that we are already friends.”
He added, “My hope for the future is that we form a closer bond, share knowledge that is mutually beneficial and develop ongoing exchanges that strengthen our relationship despite the distance of our cities.”